Legal Issues in the News
Need Privacy? Lick a Stamp.
If you send a personal letter through the mail, you don't expect or want someone at the post office to open up the letter and read what you wrote. If you call your parents, you don't want someone at the phone company listening to your conversation. But do you have the same Constitutional privacy protections when you e-mail or text someone?
News of the Penn State scandal has shocked the nation, prompting demands that officials should have done more. This week in Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt talks about exactly what our duties are to others in danger.
Athletic Conferences vs Musical Chairs
Major athletic conference realignment in recent years has been all the rage. Sometimes, as when the University of Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the process is a fairly smooth one. More often, though, the process is rocky one and requires a court of law to settle things. Travis McDade explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
According to U.S. law, is stealing not stealing, if you do it outside the U.S.? Can U.S. law be used against the foreign wrongdoers even when they are not in the U.S., and when they commit their bad acts abroad? This scenario is highly relevant in a global economy with ever increasing opportunities for global theft of valuable technology. Jay Kesan has details in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
The Occupy Wall Street protests have inspired various public policy debates. However, one issue has nothing to do with capitalism, jobs or the economy. In this week in Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt examines the First Amendment rights of protesters to "occupy" anything.
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Do you have a constitutional right to lie? What if Congress thinks the subject is too important for falsehoods - can you actually go to jail for telling a tall tale? That's what the Supreme Court must decide in an upcoming case. Travis McDade explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
Original Thinkers v Fast Acters
A month ago, President Obama signed into law the first major overhaul of patent law in over fifty years. Some call it a sorely needed restructuring necessary to meet the demands of a globalizing world filled with new and emerging technologies but also saddled with an overburdened Patent Office, while others see it as a catastrophe for start-up companies and small businesses. Here's Jay Kesan with this week's Legal Issues in the News.
Celebrities appear to be defamed every day, in supermarket check-out lanes across the country. In this week's Legal Issues in the News, Christine Hurt explains why defamation suits may be more trouble than they are worth.
That's My Boy...I'm Pretty Sure
Paternity suits are a fairly common fixture in American courts, usually filed by a woman seeking to get a man to pay his fair share of raising a child. But sometimes that equation is turned on its head in a very strange way, as when a man takes a woman and her child to court to get their money. The decision in one such case was handed down two weeks ago in Washington, D.C. Travis McDade explains in this week's Legal Issues in the News.
Storage Rights Get Cloudy
In this week's Legal Issues in the News, we look at a recent court ruling, discussing the procedures that music locker services must follow when dealing with pirated music stored in "the cloud"-which is music stored on remote servers, connected through the internet. Amazon, Apple and Google may be on cloud nine, while record companies are struggling to keep pace with these new technologies. Commentator Jay Kesan explains the court's decision.
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